Android Version History (until 2023)

The history of Android versions started in 2008 with the release of the first commercial version, Android 1.0. Since then, Google has released 14 major versions of Android, with each version bringing new features and improvements.

Here is a brief history of Android versions from start until 2023:

Android 1.0 (Cupcake): Released in September 2008. This was the first commercial version of Android and was based on Linux kernel 2.6.29. It included features such as a home screen, notification bar, and app drawer.


Android 1.1 (Donut): Released in November 2008. This was a minor update to Android 1.0 and included a few new features, such as support for widgets and landscape mode.


Android 1.5 (Cupcake): Released in April 2009. This was a major update to Android 1.0 and included a number of new features, such as a new user interface, support for third-party keyboards, and the ability to upload videos to YouTube.


Android 1.6 (Donut): Released in September 2009. This was a minor update to Android 1.5 and included a few new features, such as support for voice search and the ability to add widgets to the lock screen.


Android 2.0 (Eclair): Released in October 2009. This was a major update to Android 1.6 and included a number of new features, such as a new notification system, support for copy and paste, and the ability to take panoramic photos.


Android 2.1 (Eclair): Released in December 2009. This was a minor update to Android 2.0 and included a few new features, such as support for Exchange ActiveSync and the ability to create folders in the app drawer.


Android 2.2 (Froyo): Released in May 2010. This was a major update to Android 2.1 and included a number of new features, such as a new file manager, support for Flash Player, and the ability to install apps from outside of the Google Play Store.


Android 2.3 (Gingerbread): Released in December 2010. This was a major update to Android 2.2 and included a number of new features, such as a new user interface, support for Near Field Communication (NFC), and the ability to record and playback voice calls.


Android 3.0 (Honeycomb): Released in February 2011. This was a major update to Android and was designed specifically for tablets. It included a number of new features, such as a new user interface, support for multi-tasking, and the ability to run multiple apps at the same time.


Android 3.1 (Honeycomb): Released in May 2011. This was a minor update to Android 3.0 and included a few new features, such as support for Bluetooth tethering and the ability to create folders on the home screen.


Android 3.2 (Honeycomb): Released in October 2011. This was a minor update to Android 3.1 and included a few new features, such as support for widgets on the lock screen and the ability to take screenshots.


Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich): Released in October 2011. This was a major update to Android and merged the tablet and phone versions of the OS. It included a number of new features, such as a new user interface, support for voice search, and the ability to take panoramic photos.


Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean): Released in June 2012. This was a minor update to Android 4.0 and included a few new features, such as support for NFC payments and the ability to share Wi-Fi networks.
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean): Released in November 2012. This was a minor update to Android 4.1 and included a few new features.

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean): Released in July 2013. This was a minor update to Android 4.2 and included a few new features, such as support for Bluetooth LE and the ability to customize the lock screen.


Android 4.4 (KitKat): Released in October 2013. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as a new user interface, support for multiple users, and the ability to extend battery life.


Android 5.0 (Lollipop): Released in November 2014. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as a new user interface, support for Material Design, and the ability to do more with voice commands.


Android 5.1 (Lollipop): Released in March 2015. This was a minor update to Android 5.0 and included a few new features, such as support for Android Pay and the ability to customize the notification shade.


Android 6.0 (Marshmallow): Released in October 2015. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as Doze mode, which helps to extend battery life, and permissions control, which gives users more control over which apps can access their data.


Android 7.0 (Nougat): Released in August 2016. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as notification channels, which allow users to customize how notifications are delivered, and picture-in-picture mode, which allows users to watch videos while using other apps.


Android 7.1 (Nougat): Released in December 2016. This was a minor update to Android 7.0 and included a few new features, such as support for split-screen multitasking and the ability to use the fingerprint sensor to authenticate payments.


Android 8.0 (Oreo): Released in August 2017. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as notification snoozing, autofill, and improved performance.
Android 8.1 (Oreo): Released in December 2017. This was a minor update to Android 8.0 and included a few new features, such as support for Android Go, which is a version of Android designed for low-end devices.


Android 9 (Pie): Released in August 2018. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as Adaptive Battery, which helps to extend battery life, and App Actions, which suggests actions that users can take based on their usage patterns.


Android 10: Released in September 2019. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as a new gesture-based navigation system, a privacy dashboard, and improved security features.


Android 11: Released in September 2020. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as a new notification system, a conversation mode, and improved media controls.


Android 12: Released in October 2021. This was a major update to Android and included a number of new features, such as a new Material You design language, improved privacy controls, and performance improvements.


Android 13: Released in February 2023. This is the latest version of Android and includes a number of new features, such as a new photo picker, improved notification controls, and support for foldable device.